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University of Arizona Voices of Culture Featuring Dr. Sian Proctor

Voices of Culture

SMCC professor Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She was the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space launched in September 2021. She is also one of “The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World.” Her motto is called Space2inspire, where she encourages people to use their unique one-of-a-kind strengths and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight. She uses her afrofuturism space art to encourage conversations about women of color in the space industry. Dr. Proctor is also an analog astronaut and has completed four analog missions, including the all-female SENSORIA Mars 2020 mission at the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Habitat, the NASA funded 4- months Mars mission at HI-SEAS, a 2-weeks Mars mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and a 2-weeks Moon mission in the LunAres Habitat. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth.

Schedule: 4:30 pm – Zoom portal opens

4:40 pm – Musical prelude

5:00 pm – Introductions

5:10 pm – Talk begins

5:45 pm – Q&A

6:00 pm – Closing music